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Brief History of South Africa

Between 200 000 and 100 000 years ago, modern humans began to evolve throughout Africa– including South Africa. They became the San, who later met up with south-bound Khoipastoralists from the north and became known collectively as the KhoiSan.   The KhoiSan drifted down into the Western Cape at about the same time (300AD) that early Iron Age groups crossed the Limpopo – whose descendants, about 1 000 years later, formed the African kingdom of Mapungubwe and began to trade with India, Arabia and China.   In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck and his 90-strong party arrived from The Netherlands and set up a ship-refuelling station at Cape Town – an important stop both geographically and politically, as it was on the only early trade route…

South Africa at a glance

Geography Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is 1 233 404km² in size and is edged on three sides by nearly 3 000km of coastline, with the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also encloses two independent countries, the kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland. Capitals South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). Political system Since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, South Africa has had a democratic government. The Constitution is regarded as an example to the world and enshrines a wide range of human rights protected by an independent judiciary. The head of the country…

20 Reasons to Visit South Africa

If you want an all in one first class wildlife, lodging, dining and guiding experience at real value forw money, then no other country even remotely compares to what South Africa offers, and that’s the honest truth! Here are 20 reasons (there are many more) on why you should plan your next trip to South Africa: 1) Great climate Generally, South Africa is a very sunny country, with many areas experiencing over 300 sunny days per year! Even during the winter months, the climate is warm and inviting in some areas. Northern Hemisphere winters are the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine that South Africa has to offer – in abundance! 2) Rich history Even if you’re not into history, it’s very hard not to…